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New Technology Enables More Efficient Radiation Treatment Planning for Cancer Patients

Advanced CT system helps cancer care team target tumors

KANKAKEE, IL (March 13, 2018) - Patients at Riverside Cancer Institute in need of radiation therapy now have access to the most advanced treatment technology. The new Discovery RT radiotherapy system reduces treatment times while enabling each patient's care team to personalize oncology treatment plans with improved accuracy and radiation dosing safety.

"As we continue in the fight against cancer, we strive to keep each patient's best interests at the forefront of progress," said Dr. Alex Herskovic, Radiation Oncologist at Riverside Cancer Institute. "Innovative technologies like the Discovery RT system help us to more accurately target cancer cells while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue to optimize each patient's outcome." 

Riverside's recently-installed Discovery RT system, a product of GE Healthcare, is user-friendly for the patient, physician and care team. 

With a large gantry opening, the new system is designed to make the scanning procedure not only more accurate, but also more comfortable for patients. The opening accommodates patients in need of unique positioning while the CT system's advanced image reconstruction technology enables the cancer care team to quickly acquire high-clarity images with minimized breath hold times required from the patient undergoing treatment.

Additionally, the system offers 4D video organ motion tracking, which is able to track organ movement over time, so radiation therapy treatments can be delivered more accurately.

"We're pleased to offer patients the best radiation therapy technology in the region with greater visualization, positioning, monitoring and diagnostic accuracy in a more a comfortable setting, therefore providing better healing for the individual," said Dr. Herskovic. 

Learn more about the Riverside Cancer Institute by visiting riversidehealthcare.org/cancer


Riverside Healthcare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of individuals and communities throughout the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. As part of the system, Riverside Medical Center, a 312-bed hospital, provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care and is a nationally recognized, award-winning Level II Trauma hospital with nationally-leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Its reputation for nursing excellence has made Riverside the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital. Because Riverside's clinical performance ranks them among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, Healthgrades has named them a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award, and Truven Health Analytics presented them with the 100 Top Hospitals® award. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region. Learn more about Riverside Healthcare at www.RiversideHealthcare.org.